Mayor Rahm Emanuel apologizes for Laquan McDonald shooting

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CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel apologized for the 2014 shooting of a black teenager Wednesday during a special City Council meeting that he called to discuss a police abuse scandal at the center of the biggest crisis of his administration, and promised “complete and total” reform to restore trust in the police. — Even as the mayor is moving to stop his own fall, he’s yet to tamp down community discontent; a citywide walkout, protesting the mayor, is also planned for today.

In both incidents, seven to eight burglars made forcible entry to the clothing stores and removed a large quantity of merchandise, according to a community alert from Chicago Police.On Tuesday, the case was sent back to the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) after CBS 2 investigator Dave Savini pushed to get the video released. “They don’t have it in their reports that when those two officers pulled their guns on my son, they were going to shoot him,” Percy Coleman said. “I stood up in front of them and said, ‘You are not going to kill my son.’ ” The fact that the officers were initially cleared by IPRA “shows you that this cover-up is systemic and it’s decades deep in the Chicago police department,” Percy Coleman said. The crisis comes amid fallout and numerous protests over the release of a video showing white Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who appeared in the video to be walking away from Van Dyke. Emanuel said that in addition to better community policing, Chicago must confront “underlying challenges of family, of poverty, of joblessness, or hopelessness.” The mayor was near tears when he recalled a question from a young man who had had run-ins with the law.

The mayor said he asked him, “Do you think the police would ever treat you the way they treat me?” The embattled mayor addressed the City Council on Wednesday regarding the policing crisis that has led to a U.S. Emanuel, whose voice cracked as he spoke about families who have lost children to the city’s violence, criticized the police department for being quick to shoot, saying the department’s “supervision and leadership” had failed. WHAT HE WILL SAY — Among Emanuel’s expected remarks: “Each time when we confronted these issues in the past, Chicago only went far enough to clear our consciences and move on. He said gun violence has become “normalized” as the city grapples with gang violence and how to reform a police force with a decades-old reputation for brutality.

Department of Justice, which announced a far-reaching civil rights investigation of the department this week. “I take responsibility for what happened because it happened on my watch. Carrie Austin, Emanuel’s City Council Budget Committee chairwoman, said the mayor needs to use his speech to make apologies. ‘Say ‘I’m sorry,’’ said Austin, 34th. ‘I’m sorry’ to us, the African-American community, that these things have occurred and everybody looked the other way.’ On calls for resignation — “It wouldn’t surprise me that people would be upset. In terms of reform, Emanuel cited a newly created task force, which will look at the CPD’s internal affairs department and the city’s quasi-independent police oversight agency. The mayor also spoke of residents’ mistrust of Chicago police, saying it’s unacceptable that there are parents in Chicago who feel they must warn their children to be wary of officers. At least four different groups are planning protests throughout the day in and around Chicago’s City Hall to draw attention to cases of alleged abuse by police officers.

Clearly, the system did not work in this situation.” On fighting the video’s release — Emanuel repeats his contention that the city fought the video’s release because it was following policy to protect criminal evidence. Days of protests and marches followed, including one on the busiest shopping day of the year that partially shut down the city’s most famous shopping district, Michigan Avenue. A few days later, Emanuel announced that he had demanded and received the resignation of Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, created a new task force for police accountability and expanded the use of body cameras.

CHANGING HIS TUNE — “Rahm Emanuel Is Flipping on the Chicago Police,” by Gawker’s Jordan Sargent: “Politicians are generally beholden to police. Since then, Emanuel has forced the police superintendent to resign, brought in a new head of an agency that investigates police shootings and fended off calls for his own resignation.

While a police review board previously found the officers’ actions justified, Emanuel said he did not see how the treatment of the man — who later died following a reaction to an antipsychotics drug — could “possibly be acceptable” and said he did not consider the investigation closed. OUT AND ABOUT — At last night’s Illinois Campaign for Political Reform event where journalists were awarded for their “straight talk,” including Crain’s Greg Hinz, Reuters’ Dave McKinney, Chicago Sun-Times’ Laura Washington and myself.

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